Tank Engine Tuesday? No that’s not engines for tanks. I once saw a Matilda tank engine for sale on EBay and thought for a moment, it’s a start. A Matilda Tank on the Front Lawn would certainly be a conversation piece …
One of the attractive sections of H.G. Wells’ Floor Games (1911) is the ‘lectric, or clockwork engines, the photographs of the cities and islands by his wife Amy Catherine (“Jane”) Wells and the charming drawings by illustrator J.R. (John Ramage) Sinclair.
Floor Games 1911
The most attractive parts of railway modelling has always been the scenics and especially the figures, often a useful (but sometimes expensiv e source) of civilians for my DMZ Demilitarised Games – snowballers, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts / Guides …
Instant railways that go round and round are always fun, even if the clockwork engine here runs down very fast.
The PRESS HERE sound card worked well enough but the tiny batteries now need replacing (housed neatly in the Station Cafe central block).
Shhh! Don’t startle the deer and the rabbits …
I like the simple American country station halt.
What delighted me about this was the pop up rural Americana buildings.
Barns, schoolhouse, railway station, town hall – straight out of Little House on the Prairie or my favourite and wistful Americana website (and Facebook page) Forgotten Georgiahttp://forgottengeorgia2.blogspot.com
If I had seen another of these books at the time, I’m sure I would have stripped one for buildings or stuck them down a bit more permanently and adapted them for Airfix figures.
Shootout at the station OOHO Airfix figures. My Train in a Tin sadly doesn’t run on these ‘rails’
Instead of cutting it up and sticking it all down ‘better’ I will enjoy it for the peaceful instant pop up whimsy that it is!
Blogposted by Mark Man of TIN on Sidetracked, his railway / gaming blog.
Black Dog Halt article from Model Railway Constructor 1987
This is one Sidetracked blog post that I should have posted for World Mental Health Day on October 10th.
Modellers and gamers that I know talk about visits from the Black Dog, a metaphor for depression made popular by Winston Churchill but dating back older than him, possibly to the 18th century and lexicographer Samuel Johnson of Oxford Dictionary fame.
Maybe Railway Modellers down in the Coal Dumps are visiting Black Dog Halt …
I have written on my various blogs about the benefit of modelling and the hobby community for positive mental health, especially for veterans the Models for Heroes:
Sadly I don’t think this Black Dog series of articles was ever completed as I think from memory that the MRC magazine closed in 1987.
Originally called Black Dog Sidings, here is an even better metaphor or analogy for model railway modellers who have lost their modelling mojo or zest for tiny railway life. They could write or say “I’m in the Black Dog Sidings …”
Linked to Bowood House and Lord Lansdown, there is an interesting WW1 footnote:
The station was provided with a long goods platform served by a single siding and ground frame. This was often used by Lord Lansdown for the temporary transfer of valuables to his London residence.
During WW1 a top level war cabinet meeting took place in a carriage berthed in the siding. At the time a military unit was stationed in outbuildings opposite the station.
These magazine articles came from a batch of 60s to 90s Railway magazines kindly lent by a work colleague for the modelling and history articles. I’m not sure I have the magazines for this Black Dog series of articles anymore.
In conversations with my model railway family (we’re all one inch tall and made of plastic), they had mixed reactions to the recent TV series Great Railway Modelling Challenge on Channel 5.
One point we didn’t make in our brief email conversation on the programme (and that the Bake Off type challenge programme didn’t make) was the positive mental health and social benefits of modelling and the modelling club or community.
Here’s hoping you avoid Black Dog Sidings and Black Dog Halt …